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  USS Slater DE-766 (Aetos D01)
USN
Cannon-class destroyer escort

1,350 Tons (light)
1,745 Tons (full)
306; x 36' 10" 13' 4"
2 x 5" guns
2 x Twin 40mm AA
10 x 20mm cannon
3 x 21" torpedo tubes
1 x Hedgehog
8 x K-gun projectors
2 x depth charge tracks

Construction
Built by Tampa Shipbuilding Company in Tampa, Florida. Laid down March 9, 1943. Launched February 20, 1944. Commissioned May 1, 1944 as USS Slater (DE-766). Named in honor of Seaman 2nd Class Frank Olga Slater who was Killed In Action (KIA) and earned the Navy Cross aboard USS San Francisco (CA-38) during the Naval Battle of Guadalcanal on November 12, 1942 off Savo Island. Sponsored by Mrs. Lenora Slater, his mother.

Wartime History
During June 1944 departed for a her shakedown cruise off Bermuda then to Key West, FL and served as a target ship and sonar school ship. Later, escorted two convoys from the east coast of the United States to the United Kingdom.

In May 1945, Slater departed for the Pacific traveling via at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba then transited the Panama Canal on June 28, 1945. After a brief stop at San Diego proceeded to Pearl Harbor and joined Task Unit 33.2.4 at Manila Bay. During September 1945 proceeded it to Yokohama. For the rest of the year operated in the Pacific area before returning via the Panama Canal to Norfolk and was deactivated from active duty.

Postwar
During 1947 placed into the reserve fleet in Green Cove Springs, FL in mothball status. On March 1, 1951 under the Truman Doctrine one of three Cannon-class destroyer escorts transferred to the Hellenic Navy and renamed Aetos (D01) meaning "eagle". In Greece, patrolled the Aegean Sea and off the Dodecanese Island and was a training vessel for cadets. During 1961 used in the film The Guns of Navarone (1961) and I Aliki sto Naftiko [Alice in the Navy] (1961). In 1991 when decommissioned.

During 1991, Slater was donated the ship to the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association (DESA) who fund raised money to have the vessel return to the United States. In 1993, towed from Crete to New York City to the Intrepid Sea Air Space Museum and placed alongside USS Intrepid (CV-11) where volunteers began working on her restoration as the DESA sought a permanent home for the vessel.

In 1993 the Board of Directors of the Destroyer Escort Sailors Association (DEHM) voted for and established a new organization, the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum (DEHM) that was incorporated as a not-for-profit educational corporation in New York State to displays and maintain USS Slater (DE-766) as an exhibit open to the public.

Display
On October 26, 1997 arrived at the Port of Albany, NY and was permanently moored in the Hudson River as part of the Destroyer Escort Historical Museum. On May 7, 1998 USS Slater was placed on the National Register of Historic Places (Reference #98000393). During January 2006, a welder accidentally started a fire aboard that caused some minor damage to the ship. During August 2008 parts of Manatsu no Orion [Battle Under Orion] (2009) were filmed aboard the vessel plus several other television documentaries.

References

Naval History and Heritage Command - Slater (DE-766)
NavSource - USS Slater (DE 766)
American Battle Monuments Commission (ABMC) - Frank Olga Slater
FindAGrave - S2 Frank Olga Slater (photos tablets of the missing)
FindAGrave - SMN Frank O. Slater (photo, memorial marker photo)
National Register of Historic Places - USS Slater (Destroyer Escort) Reference # 98000393

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Last Updated
August 4, 2020

 

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